Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Brooklyn apartment building vacated after fire

From CBS:

The hits just keep coming for dozens of Brooklyn residents. First, lightning sparked a fire, driving them out of their homes.

But on Tuesday, they were out for good.

The new heartbreak came with a twist: families were given just hours to move everything out or they’d lose it forever, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.

The aftermath of the fire left smoke and hundreds of gallons of water. More than 100 apartments were destroyed by mold and mildew in the wake of the blaze, which was sparked by a lightning strike on the roof.

The flames tore through the Cornell Apartments on New York Avenue two weeks ago.

The city has issued a vacate order for the entire building. Residents have a scheduled four-hour window to go back inside, pack up, and get out, but most complained that wasn’t close to enough time.

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